This week's events

Originally Published March 14, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated March 13, 2013 at 1:50 p.m.
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March 14

The Boys Next Door

SEARCY — Center on the Square Dinner Theater in Searcy will have a preview night for its upcoming show, The Boys Next Door, at 6:30 tonight. Dinner shows will begin Friday and continue Saturday, March 22-23, and March 29-30. A pizza night is scheduled for March 21, and a matinee will be shown March 31. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., with the play at 7:30. Matinee times are 12:30 p.m. for dinner and 1:30 for the show. Tickets are $27 for dinner and show ($24 for seniors and students), $12 for show only and $15 for Pizza Night. The Boys Next Door is a story about four men who have intellectual disabilities. They live in a communal residence under the watchful eye of a sincere but near-to-burned-out social worker. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the theater at (501) 368-0111.

High School Job Fair

HEBER SPRINGS — A job fair for Heber Springs High School juniors and seniors will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. To have a table at the fair, businesses may call Gaye Stark at (501) 250-5151.

Lyon’s Japan Lecture Series

BATESVILLE — Bruce Coats will give a lecture on Japanese Art and the World at 7 p.m. in Derby Lecture Hall at Lyon College. The Japan Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from the Freeman Foundation. For more information, contact Mieko Peek at or Chandra Huston at (870) 307-7488.

March 15

AARP Driver Safety Class

HEBER SPRINGS — There will be an AARP Driver Safety class from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The class will meet in the McCoy Room of the Administration/Student Services Building at Arkansas State University-Heber Springs. Individuals 55 and older who complete the course will qualify for a three-year discount on their automobile-insurance premiums in Arkansas. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. The fee may be paid in cash or by check (payable to AARP). To reserve a place, call ASU at (501) 362-1273 or email

NCA District Fair Deadline

MELBOURNE — The entry deadline is Friday for the Spring Junior Livestock Show in the seven-county North Central Arkansas District Fair area. The show will be held March 28 and 29 at the fairgrounds in Melbourne. Junior exhibitors from Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren counties are eligible to enter beef cattle, goats and horses in the spring show. The tabloid, with a schedule and a complete listing of classes, is available at Exhibitors must enter online by Friday, and all entry fees must be received by that date. There is a link to online entries on the fair website. Exhibitors may pay with a credit card online or by check, mailed to NCA District Fair, P.O. Box 92, Sturkie, AR 72578.

March 15-16

Alumni Reunion

GRIFFITHVILLE — There will be an alumni reunion Friday and Saturday for all who attended school in Griffithville. For more information, contact Stacy Southerland at (817) 996-7672 or

Rose Bud Baseball Tournament

ROSE BUD — The Rose Bud baseball league will hold a machine-pitch, 8-and-under tournament Friday and Saturday. The entry fee is $150 per team, with the top three teams to receive awards. There will also be a skills competition and a home-run derby with trophies for the winners. For more information or to enter a team, call Shawn Gorham at (501) 250-6398 or Gordon Campbell at (501) 589-5111. 

March 16

Tree and Shrub Sale

MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Stone County Master Gardeners will hold their annual Tree and Shrub Sale from 9 a.m. to noon at the Stone County Fairgrounds. Bareroot plants and shrubs will be on sale for $4, and there will be 15 varieties to choose from. Selections will include maples, dogwoods, hydrangeas, viburnums and more.

March 16-17

St. Patrick’s Pancake Daze

HORSESHOE BEND — Knights of Columbus Council No. 10493 at St. Mary of the Mount Church in Horseshoe Bend will hold St. Patrick’s Pancake Daze from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and March 17. The cost is $5 at the door. Carryouts will be available.

March 17

Birdseed Sale Order Deadline

FAIRFIELD BAY — Completed order forms are due Sunday for the Little Red River Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Birdseed Sale. Orders may be picked up from 9-11 a.m. March 23 in Fairfield Bay or from noon-2 p.m. March 24 in Clinton. Proceeds will go for scholarships to send local children to the Halberg Ecology Camp each year. Payment can be made when orders are picked up. For more information or for an order form, call Carolyn Goettsch at (501) 723-4744 or Bob Hartmann at (501) 745-6615, or email

March 19

Irish Genealogy Workshop

BATESVILLE — There will be an Irish genealogy workshop from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Nursing and Allied Health Building Auditorium at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. The event, sponsored by the Batesville Genealogy Society, costs $5, payable at the door.


White County Youth Art Exhibit

SEARCY — The 2013 White County Youth Art Exhibit, featuring works from kindergartners through eighth-graders, will be open through March 31 at the Searcy Art Gallery, 300 E. Race Ave. Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (501) 279-1094.


Easter Egg Hunt

BALD KNOB — An Easter-egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. March 23 at the Old Russell Schoolhouse in Bald Knob. There will be prizes and bounce houses. Those attending are encouraged to bring a camera.

Native American Symposium

ASH FLAT — The Ash Flat Library will bring its first Native American Symposium to the area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23 at the Ash Flat Community Center, across the street from the library. Admission is free. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. for the guest-book signing and door prizes. A welcome will be given at 9:25.

AARP Driver Safety Course

SEARCY — The PrimeTimes of White County Medical Center will offer an AARP Driver Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 23 in the Hubach Center. Participants are asked to park behind the hospital off Moore Street and take the elevator to the first floor. Instructors for the class will be Jerry and Bertie Yates. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. To register for the class, call Anna Overbay at PrimeTimes at (501) 380-1050.

Trivia Night Fundraiser

BATESVILLE — The Humane Society of Independence County will hold its third annual Trivia Game Night Fundraiser and “Spay-ghetti” Dinner on March 23 at Fellowship Bible Church in Batesville. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a dinner of spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and soda or water. Bake-sale items will also be available. The trivia contest will begin at 6. There will also be a table-decorating contest. Tickets for the fundraiser are $15 per person or $120 for a table of eight. For more information, call Bev Finch at (870) 613-3045 or Sue Augustus at (870) 307-5305.

Audubon Society Meeting

CLINTON — The Little Red River Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 26 at Western Sizzlin’ in Clinton. Dan Smith will share his experience from a recent birding trip to Columbia, South America. A “Dutch treat” dinner will begin at 5:30. There will be door prizes after the meeting, which is open to the public. For more information, visit or email

Beebe Driver Safety Course

BEEBE — The Shepherd’s Center of Beebe will hold an AARP Driver Safety Course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27 at First United Methodist Church, 302 N. Main St. The instructor will be Frances Mizell. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. To register for the class, call Paul Ramsey at (501) 882-0243.

Ozark Woodland Owners Association

BATESVILLE — The Ozark Woodland Owners Association will have a workshop and meeting from 1-5 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. March 28 at Independence Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Larry Morris, OWOA president, will conduct the free afternoon sessions, which will include a panel discussion with Tanner Johnston of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kenny Smothers of the Arkansas Forestry Commission and Stan Carter of the Extension Service. Tamara Walkingstick will speak on "Women as Forest Landowners," and Rusty Rumley of the National Agricultural Law Center will talk about hunting leases and contracts. At 6 p.m., the group will have a barbecue dinner, and speaker Jason Milks of the Nature Conservancy will address landowners’ problems concerning last year’s drought. The evening meal is free for members and $15 for nonmembers and families. For more information, call Morris at (870) 613-0229.

The Nelons Concert

WARD — The Nelons, a popular Southern gospel trio, will perform at 7 p.m. April 4 at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Ward. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be collected. For more information, call (501) 843-3336.

Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Banquet

CABOT — Cabot’s first Open Arms Shelter Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Banquet and Silent Auction will be held at 6 p.m. April 4 at Cabot Junior High School North. Gov. Mike Beebe will be the guest speaker.

Fashion Gala

FAIRFIELD BAY — Xi Gamma Kappa will present its 20th annual Fashion Gala at 1 p.m. April 5 at St. Francis Parish Hall in Fairfield Bay. Dessert will be available, and raffle prizes will include a handmade quilt, a stained-glass piece, gift certificates from area restaurants and stores, and more. The style show will feature models wearing spring and summer fashions offered by Sweet Shoppe in Fairfield Bay, Fashion Savvy and Aunt Minnie’s Boutique in Mountain View, Stage in Heber Springs, Kohl’s in Conway and Inger’s Butikk in Greers Ferry. Pat Cash will be the narrator. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased from any chapter member or by calling Judy Johnsen at (501) 884-3018.

Camp Wyldewood Benefit Tournament

SEARCY — Camp Wyldewood will hold a benefit golf tournament April 12 at The Course at River Oaks in Searcy. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start is set for 12:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person, which includes lunch, 18 holes, a golf cart and potential prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. For more information, call (501) 305-3000 or email A registration form is available online at

Flea Market and Yard Sales

SALEM — The Fulton County Fair Association will sponsor the 10th annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market in conjunction with the Salem Chamber of Commerce Community Yard Sales on April 12 and 13. Vendors will set up the morning of April 12, and flea-market hours will be 1-6 p.m. April 12 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13. Secure inside vendor space is available in the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building, or vendors with their own display units can set up outside. For more information or to reserve a space, call the Fulton County Fair Association at (870) 895-5565 or (870) 458-3080, or email Applications are available at

Controlling Anger Seminar

JACKSONVILLE — The Christian Church of Jacksonville, 200 E. Martin, will hold a seminar on Controlling the Fires of Anger on April 13 and 14. Lindsey Garmon will lead the seminar, which includes material designed to help participants understand anger and formulate a plan, based on biblical principles, to overcome anger. The free seminar is open to the public. For more information, contact Steve Summers at (870) 710-1508 or (501) 982-3768 or

Heroes for Health

CABOT — The Cabot Lions Club will hold its second Heroes for Health 1K Run/Walk at 6:30 p.m. April 19 at the Panther Stadium track. The event, held to raise awareness of diabetes and increases in childhood obesity, is a nontimed, noncompetitive fun-run for children ages 4-12. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costume. Registration and packet pickup will begin at 5:30 p.m., along with on-field sport demonstrations. The nonrefundable entry fee is $10 per child. For registration forms, contact Shelia DeArmond at (501) 985-4039 or Early registration by April 10 will secure a T-shirt and medal. For more information, visit the Cabot Lions Club Facebook page. Payments, registration and parental release forms may be mailed to Cabot Lions Club, Attn.: Shelia DeArmond, P.O. Box 183, Cabot, AR 72023.

Ward Chamber Awards Banquet

WARD — The Ward Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual awards banquet April 19 at Grace Community Church, 30 Second St. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. Tickets are $25 per person or $175 for a table of eight. For more information, call Sharon Roberts at (501) 743-4395 or Chris Mann at (501) 941-9987.

Airport Open House

HORSESHOE BEND — The 6M2 Horseshoe Bend Airport will hold an open house from noon to 5 p.m. May 4. The event will feature barbecue and live music, as well as cars, motorcycles and aircraft on display. To enter a vehicle in the show, email Chuck McNeight at For more information, visit

Ward Chamber Annual Jamboree

WARD — The Ward Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual jamboree from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Chamber of Commerce building.

Rotary Club of Cleburne County

HEBER SPRINGS — The Rotary Club of Cleburne County will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Greers Ferry Lake and the Little Red River with the annual Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Anglers Classic on Oct. 4 and 5 in Heber Springs. For more information on exhibits or planned events, call Ben Traylor at (501) 825-7410.

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